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On July 18, 1960, the then 85 year old Sir Winston Churchill arrived at the Greek resort of Glyfada aboard the yacht Christiana that belonged to the shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. Churchill and his wife Clementine were aboard the yacht for their month long Mediterranean summer cruise. Accompanied by a party that included both his secretary Anthony Montague Browne and his nurse Roy Howells, Churchill and Clementine had begun their vacation by flying from London to Venice on July 10th. In Venice they toured the canals before sailing aboard the Christiana on the afternoon of July 13th. Churchill thoroughly enjoying the luxury and relaxation offered by the yacht and between 1958-63 would cruise aboard the Christiana on eight occasions. On this trip his host, Ari Onassis, would join him for the first days before leaving for Monte Carlo. Others aboard the yacht were the famous ballerina Dame Margot Fonteyn and her husband Dr. Roberto Arias, a Panamanian who had been charged in his country the year before for plotting a coup. On July 14th Churchill went ashore on the Yugoslav island of Split to meet with Marshal Tito. With the British ambassador, Sir Michael Creswell, in attendance, the Yugoslav leader gave Churchill a most cordial reception and the pair discussed the Second World War and only briefly touched on current events. Churchill then sailed aboard the yacht to Dubrovnik and Corfu before passing through the Corinth Canal. After reaching Glyfada, the cruise continued to Athens on July 19th and then crossed to Crete where Churchill went ashore twice: the first time at Canea where he was the guest of the Liberal leader Sophocles Venizelos and the second time at Heraklion where he was driven to inspect the ruins at Knossos. On July 22nd the yacht reached Rhodes before returning to Athens six days later after which there were a further six days of cruising. On this last stage of the cruise the Churchills were joined by their daughter Diana. On August 4th the Churchills, having completed their cruise, arrived back in England having flown in to London airport from Athens aboard a Comet aircraft.

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